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Another Letter

This one comes from a regular and friendly correspondent and is addressed to Rich, Jim Manzi, and me. The subject line is: “It’s an election, you know?”

Last week, Kathryn Lopez wrote her “Free Sarah” column and left wing rags across the country blazed her words to the nation that it wasn’t a crazy idea to consider dumping Sarah Palin.  At least Kathryn can quite reasonably argue that she was taken out of context.

Over the next few days I expect to see your posts–that the bailout failure should all be blamed on  Republicans (despite 40% of Dems not voting for it), and that Republicans deserve the blame for the coming Depression that you predict.

Comments like yours are gold to the MSM and to Democrats in the weeks before an election,  because when such comments come from the left they don’t have any sting.  But coming from you guys, they can really make the story and swing votes left.

I don’t get the point of it.

Speaking only for myself, the point of it is to say what I think is true, whether or not it helps the candidates I hope win. Whatever value there may be to reading me would disappear if I wrote only comments that help Republicans.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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